Exhortations

Deception

Stay Away From The Sin of Deception

Paul said: “Let no one deceive you in any way. For that day will not come unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, who opposes and exalts himself against every so-called God or object of worship so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God. Do you remember that I told you these things when I was still with you? And you know what is restraining him now so that he may be revealed in his time. For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work. Only he who now restrains it will do so until he is out of the way”—2 Thessalonians 2:3-16

Let our hearts stay with God and humbly walk with His word to spread His loving kindness to all His children who prefer to win the challenges of life and have eternal happiness rather than have a short-term luxury in life that is temporal. God is good, God is great, God is faithful, and he gives rewards to those who acknowledge His existence. God is not a deceiver and will never give challenges that we cannot bear if he will ever give us one. What you see in Him is nothing but all truthfulness.

The image of the beast will receive the breath of life only if we allow them to occupy space in our minds. Our eyes are easily attracted to the beauty they perceive, and our ears reject anything that sounds like sweet music they hear. Our minds absorb and enjoy all those without considering whether they come from the spirit of truth or make-believe. Our mind is the battlefield of sound and the wicked, and the only way to control it is not to give way to their deceitful acts. Let the Holy Spirit in our hearts control what is going on in our minds.

Our carnal minds can easily submit to temptations and carelessly believe in lies. The desire for the flesh is so powerful that it controls the whole body to sin. If we stay away from the image of the beast, we won’t be able to hear this spirit speak to our minds. Many forget that we have the Holy Spirit within us, and when we acknowledge His presence, all the help we need is at hand.

Remember, God gives wisdom to the wise, and the right decision is achievable with wisdom. When we arise from our sleep, the first word that should come out of our mouth is to thank God for a renewed spirit and reformed body. It is essential before going to bed to ask for forgiveness as the Bible says we are sinners, and if we disagree that we are not, then we lie.

Paul said: “I appeal to you, therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what the will of God is, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”— Romans 12:1-2

“If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful, forgiving, and cleansing us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.” 1 John 1:8-10

We thought we were doing everything righteously without thinking that overdoing it leads to destruction. Self-righteousness is not acceptable and not pleasing to God. Always stay focused on the Holy One; we will never be wrong.

God is all in all!

Bishop Joseph

Bishop Joseph Vitug, Ph.D. - Bishop Emeritus

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